Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall
Ada's House series
Contemporary Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas
Available October 4, 2011
I have confessed on this blog before that I'm not really a fan of Amish fiction. I'm not sure if I'm ready to go back on that claim altogether, but I will say that I'm a fan of Cindy Woodsmall!
The Christmas Singing is a beautiful stories of a girl with a broken heart trying to move on and build a life for herself. When her bakery burns down, she must return home and find a way to start over. Once home, she must face the man who broke her heart and determine if forgiveness will lead to a second chance at love.
I instantly connected with Mattie. She is a strong woman who has big ideas about what she wants for her life. She struggles with how her desires for the future can mesh with the possibility of love and the ideals of her faith. She display strength and courage. She is different from many of the female characters I've "met" in Amish books, and I really liked her.
I'm totally fascinated by the Amish lifestyle that was portrayed in The Christmas Singing. It seemed to be a bit more . . . relaxed . . . than in other books I've read. There was still simplicity but it wasn't quite as extreme.
Cindy told a beautiful story and I was captivated from beginning to end. This is the first book by Cindy Woodsmall that I've read and I will definitely read more of her work in the future!
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
About the Book
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes? Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak? Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration.
Read an excerpt here.
About the Author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of six novels, two novellas and Plain Wisdom, a work of non-fiction co-authored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend. Cindy lives in Georgia with her family.
Connect with Cindy through her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
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